or maybe it is, so many love poems keep appearing in the blogs. Love poems are some of the hardest poems to write, or so claimed W. H. Auden. Here are a few classics that have inspired poets and lovers over the years:

A few suggestions: use concrete, specific images to show your feelings; avoid sing-song "roses are red" type rhyming; try to say something fresh and new that gives readers a new insight or even a laugh.


And check out the following topics:

Poem#15: Meditate

Pick a spot where you can write for a while without being disturbed. this could be a private spot where you are alone, or a public spot such as a coffee house or a park.

Begin by focusing on your immediate environment. Note the sights, sounds, smells all around you and start writing them down. As you do, let yourself get lost in your surroundings. You may want to to use apostrophe, or to shift perspectives.

After four or five minutes, turn your attention gradually inward to your experience of the scene—what it reminds you of or how it makes you feel, for instance. Don't try to control or direct this process, just tap into your internal language. And keep writing.

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A Poetry Writing Process

Everyone has a personal and unique way of writing. And even with the same poet, different poems follow different paths from inspiration to publication. Even so, it's possible to envision a general process that can help us see where we are at and where we are headed as we work on our poems.

The ideas in this section are intended to help you keep moving ahead with your writing.

Rhythm and Meter

These are similar but not identical concepts. Rhythm refers to the overall tempo, or pace, at which the poem unfolds, while meter refers to the measured beat established by patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables. Poets who write free verse, generally de-emphasize or ignore meter and focus instead on refining and tuning their natural speech rhythms to suit the poem's tone and content. Or as Ezra Pound put it, they "compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of the metronome."

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